Thailand Updates

New regulations for event permits in Thailand

TCEB releases guidelines for work permits, drone usage and transportation of medical devices.

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has released details on permit requirements for foreign event organisers and attendees entering Thailand for meetings, conferences or trade shows, as well as drone usage restrictions and the importing/exporting of medical devices.

Formed as part of the Thailand 4.0 policy to support new investment towards transforming the economy, the regulations were compiled into easily digestible infographic brochures, which are available online and in print format at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

According to Nichapa Yoswee, TCEB’s senior vice president – business, the rules and regulations will help ease the process of doing business in Thailand, leading to a stronger return on investment. “The implementation reflects our current role as a key collaborator to international business events professionals as we aspire towards creating a sustainable ecosystem where the industry becomes more successful and impactful economically.”

The regulations will also clarify any confusion and uncertainty that organisers and attendees may have on these three subjects before an event.

“There have been numerous queries in the past about whether a work permit is required for foreign event organisers, attendees or speakers entering Thailand for a conference. The regulations will hopefully clear doubts, and guide drone users in Thailand as privacy concerns and the popularity of drones rise,” says Prapaphan Sungmuang, general manager at the Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA).

Work Permit specifications

For MICE travellers in Thailand, the following seven activities do not require a work permit. Instead, a tourist visa can be applied:

  • Attending seminars or meetings
  • Joining exhibitions or trade fairs
  • Visiting business venues or negotiating for business deals
  • Attending academic or special lectures
  • Attending lectures or seminars on technical training
  • Buying products from trade fairs
  • Attending the traveller’s board of directors meeting.

International organisers, exhibitors or speakers entering Thailand to work on an event not exceeding 15 days are exempt from work permit requirements but will be required to submit a notification letter to the registrar. More information can be found on

Appropriate drone usage

After completing the registration of drones with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) before an event, drone activities must comply with the following conditions:

  • Must not deliver or carry dangerous items or lasers
  • Must not fly over 90 metres above the ground
  • Must not fly in a way that may cause harm to the life, property and peace of others
  • Must not fly in a way that violates the privacy of others or cause any trouble or nuisance to others
  • Take-off and landing area must not be obstructed by anything
  • Must only fly between sunrise and sunset when the drone is visible
  • Must not fly within nine kilometres from an airport or temporary airfield unless with permission from the airport or airfields operators
  • Must not fly horizontally closer than the specified distance to people, vehicles, construction or buildings (30 metres for a drone weighing less than two kilograms. Fifty metres for a drone weighing more than two kilograms but not exceeding 25 kilograms).
  • Must not fly over cities, villages, communities or areas where people are gathered
  • Must not fly into restricted, limited and dangerous areas or at government buildings and hospitals without authorisation
  • The controller keeps flying drones in sight at all times.

Details on how to register, types of drone that require registration, and how to handle drones after use can be found at or

If international organiser wish to import drones for an exhibition, a power of attorney can be granted to those living in Thailand to process the request. Drone registration is free, but drone insurance must be obtained before any registration with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

Import and export of medical devices

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categorises medical devices into three types: licensed medical devices (blood bags, HIV-related testing kits); notified medical devices (alcohol testing kits, concentrate for haemodialysis, methamphetamine testing kits); and other general medical devices not under the licensed or notified medical devices (detailed definition can be found under Section 4 of the Medical Device Act BE 2551).

Importing general medical devices requires a Certificate of Free Sale from the manufacturing country or product owner, and the Certificate of Quality Management System. There are four types of certificate required for the export of medical devices, depending on the country of destination. These include Certificate of Free Sale, Certificate of Manufacturer, Certificate of Origin and Certificate of Exportation.

Certification for the import and export of medical devices in Thailand can be obtained at the Medical Devices Control Division of the Ministry of Public Health.